NPFL Reviews: Nasarawa United crush Delta Force as Enugu Rangers extend unbeaten run

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Coach Bala Nikyu's team are now inching towards one of the playoff spots after they recorded their biggest win so far in the league this season

Nasarawa United 4-1 Delta Force

Nasarwa United have recorded their biggest win so far in the 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League as they pummeled Delta Force 4-1 in a rescheduled league game on Wednesday at the Lafia Stadium.

Goals from Sunusi Ibrahim, Anas Yusuf, Adeshina Thomas, and Mohammed Shammasu saw the host cruising to their second win on the bounce having also secured maximum points over the weekend in their away tie against Abia Warriors.

Having started their league campaign on a rather poor note, Coach Bala Nikyu's men have since turned a new leaf and they were keen to get their third win in five games from the new NPFL boys.

From the blast of the whistle, both teams showed intent as the visitors came all out with the belief that they could get something from Lafia.

In the early exchanges, Isah Ndala caused a scared for Nasarawa fans when he nodded the ball towards his own goalkeeper who was already off his line but he was lucky that the ball went off target. 

Despite the early scare,  Nasarawa Unite d were largely in control and Adeshina almost headed his team in front in the 11th minute but his effort was inches away from the target.

However, the home team finally got the lead they deserved in the 21st minute when Delta Force defender, Jean Ledoux fouled Sunusi in the box and the striker rose up to convert the resultant penalty kick.

The opening goal proved to be the needed tonic for the home team as they soon doubled their lead in the 35th minute through Anas Yusuf before Adeshina made it 3-0 seven minutes after.

Already, with a 3-0 deficit, Delta Force knew they had an uphill task in the second half and even though Philip Ozor pulled one back in the 78th minute for the visitors, it was merely a consolation as Shammasu put the final nail in the coffin with another goal for Nasarawa United in added time.

With the home win recorded on Wednesday, Nasarawa United have moved up to the fourth spot in NPFL Group A as they now have 19 points from 13 games.

Delta Force who have dropped to the fifth position also have 19 points from 13 games but with an inferior goals difference.

 

Katsina United 1-1 Enugu Rangers

Enugu Rangers have extended their unbeaten run in the Nigeria Professional League to six games after they forced Katsina United to a 1-1 draw in a rescheduled league game at the Muhammadu Dikko stadium on Wednesday.

Eric Gwammy had given the Changi Boys the lead in the first half but the Flying Antelopes denied their host the maximum points as Pascal Seka scored a late equalizer in the 90th minute to give his team another vital away point.

With two home victories over Sunshine Stars and Remo Stars and valuable away draws in Sagamu, mid-week, and Minna at the weekend, the coach Gbenga Ogunbote tutored side were bullish that they would not leave Katsina empty-handed.

The gaffer made some changes to the team that battled to a barren draw away to Niger Tornadoes in Minna; replacing Bright Silas and Kevin Itoya with the duo of Chidera Ezeh and Koffi Roland.

Within the first five minutes of action at the Mohammed Dikko Stadium, Rangers duo of Uchebo and Chidera fluffed three begging chances and they were made to pay for the missed opportunities when Gwammy shot the home side in front in the 14th minute.

From then the Flying Antelopes were left chasing the game and while it was almost looking like Katsina United will get all the three points at stake, Seka popped up with an equaliser in the dying stages of the encounter.

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